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Working out factorial positive integer

Posted on 2003-11-20
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i need to work out the factorial of a positive integer. ie the number multiplied by all the integers smaller than it down to 1. eg "5" = 5*4*3*2*1 = 120.
i also need to incorporate a test harness.
the code i have written works out teh factors of any given number but i am not sure off how to work out the final answer. ie. how to multiply them together.

#include<stdio.h>

void main (void){

int num,x;
void factorial(int);

scanf("%d", &num);
fflush(stdin);

for(x=1; x<num; x++)
factorial (x);
}

void factorial (int x){
printf("x = %d\n", x);

help would b much appreciated. cheers.
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Question by:pete420
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ID: 9789717
#include<stdio.h>

void main (void){

int num,x;
void factorial(int);

scanf("%d", &num);
fflush(stdin);

for(x=1; x<num; x++)    /* A */
factorial (x);
}

void factorial (int x){
printf("x = %d\n", x);

At A it looks like you are going to be calculating separate factorials for each x from 1 to num. So for 1 you get 1, for 2 you get 2, for 3 you get 6 for 4 you get 24 etc. Is that what you want?

The factorial function itself needs to multiply all the numbers from itself down to 1. So a loop is indicated:

for(i=x; i>=1; --i)
{   ...
}

So inside this loop you should have a variable that you successively multiply by i to get the factorial of x.
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Author Comment

ID: 9789780
yes your examples are correct of what i want. .

are u suggesting i remove my loop at A? the factorial i am tryin to work out is of the variable 'num'.

updated code:
#include<stdio.h>

void main (void){

int num,x,i;
void factorial(int);

scanf("%d", &num);
fflush(stdin);

for(x=1; x<num; x++)
for(i=x; i>=1; --i){
num = num *  x;
}
factorial (x);
}

void factorial (int x){
printf("x = %d\n", x);

}
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dhyanesh earned 1000 total points
ID: 9789786
Hi

Your factorial function should be somewhat like:

void factorial(int x)
{
int i,fact = 1;
for(i=1;i<=x;i++)
fact = fact * i;
printf("fact = %d\n", fact);
}

Thus this will calculate factorial of a number 'x' that is passed to this function and also print the factorial.

Dhyanesh
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Author Comment

ID: 9789809
excellent! many thanks!:D
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Expert Comment

ID: 9789833
Hi

If you are finding factorial of 'num' only then the loop should be in function as I have put in my code.

Also then you only need to call the function ONCE and not in a for loop.

In what you have just posted is not right. Your variable num is continuously increasing resulting in outer for loop running almost infinitely.

Dhyanesh
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Author Comment

ID: 9789850
this code below works spot on. im not sure what u mean in the above post. can u show me which loop u were refering to. thanks.

#include<stdio.h>

void main (void){

int num,x,i;
void factorial(int, int);

scanf("%d", &num);
fflush(stdin);

for(x=1; x<num; x++)
for(i=x; i>=1; --i){
}
factorial (x, num);
}

void factorial(int x, int num)
{
int i,fact = 1;
for(i=1;i<=x;i++)
fact = fact * i;
printf("Factorial of %d = %d\n", num, fact);
}
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Expert Comment

ID: 9789933
The for loops here:

for(x=1; x<num; x++)
for(i=x; i>=1; --i){
}
factorial (x, num);

Are completely redundant. They aren't doing anything useful. x increments from 1 to num, and for each of those iterations, i decrements from x to 1. So x and i go up and down a bunch. After that is all done factorial is called which then calculates the factorial for num.

Also, the factorial function should only get num passed in. And num should be used as the maximum of the loop. The x variable isn't really contributing anything to the factorial function either.
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ID: 9789938
Hi

--->for(x=1; x<num; x++)              //These two loops are doing nothing
--->       for(i=x; i>=1; --i){
}
factorial (x, num);

If you are finding factorial of only ONE number i.e. then only following is sufficient:

#include<stdio.h>

void main (void){

int num,x,i;
void factorial(int, int);

scanf("%d", &num);
fflush(stdin);

factorial (x, num);
}

void factorial(int x, int num)
{
int i,fact = 1;
for(i=1;i<=x;i++)
fact = fact * i;
printf("Factorial of %d = %d\n", num, fact);
}
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Author Comment

ID: 9789951
whenever i run the code u just posted and enter the integer as 5. the answer i receive is 1?? the correct answer would b 120.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9790006
Hi

One more error. Sorry for that. In factorial you only need to pass ONE variable i.e num. 'x' is redundant

#include<stdio.h>

void main (void){

int num,x,i;
void factorial(int, int);

scanf("%d", &num);
fflush(stdin);

factorial (num);
}

void factorial(int x)
{
int i,fact = 1;
for(i=1;i<=x;i++)
fact = fact * i;
printf("Factorial of %d = %d\n", x, fact);
}

This would work just fine.

Dhyanesh
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Author Comment

ID: 9790019
MANY thanks! i got anoter c question which im stuck on. will open another thread so that sum more points are available for it:)
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Expert Comment

ID: 9816548
void facto(int x)
{
int k,fact = 1;
for(k=x;k<=x;k--)
fact = fact * k;
printf("fact = %d\n", fact);
}
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